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Staff

Nancy Munoz  |  Acting Executive Director

Nancy took the helm as Acting Executive Director in 2022 after completing her Bachelor’s in Social Work at James Madison University and field practicum with Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge. In addition to her administrative roles with the organization, Nancy is a certified mediator and Spanish-English interpreter who supervises FairField’s Spanish cases from referral to completion. She is instrumental in planning, coordinating, and ensuring representation of Spanish-speaking individuals at various Harrisonburg events including the International Women’s Day March and the Harrisonburg International Festival. Nancy is passionate about community advocacy and interned with NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center early in her career to help people find beneficial local resources.

Education

ᵒ Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (James Madison University)
ᵒ Associates Degree in Human Services (Blue Ridge Community College)
ᵒ Interpreter Training Certificate of Completion (Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center)

Aaron Hagmaier  |  Director of Mediation Services

Aaron is a retired USAF Major with twenty-two years’ experience in supervising human relations interactions, managing projects, academic instruction, and training and courseware development. He is a proven leader in stressful operational settings and has experience dealing with issues arising in multi-cultural environments. Aaron has supervised over 100 interns, 5200+ cases, and 11,400 clients involving business, family and civil issues.

Education

ᵒ M.A. in Human Relations (University of Oklahoma)
ᵒ B.S. in Accounting (Lee University)
ᵒ Certified Mediator and Mentor Instructor for General District Court, Juvenile & Domestic Relations, Circuit Civil Family, and Circuit Court Civil.

 Shannon Sneary Alabanza  |  Director of Training

Shannon is a Circuit Court Family certified mediator who has completed over 500 meditations involving conflict in divorce, estate issues, and interpersonal workplace conflict. She coordinates 22 Virginia state certified training programs that draw 100+ mediators a year. Additionally, Shannon leads  workshops for managers, employees, families, and communities to learn better ways of communicating, negotiating and resolving conflict.

Education

ᵒ B.S. in Social Work (Eastern Mennonite University)
ᵒ Certified Mediation Trainer by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Sue Praill  |  Director of Restorative Justice

Sue is a trained restorative justice and circle process facilitator who has managed over 40 restorative justice cases for FairField. She has trained groups of Restorative Community Conferencing facilitators, educators, and police officers in restorative justice practices and regularly presents to civic groups, court officials, and community members. Sue has collaborated with other experts to develop curriculums for restorative justice programs, and has personally facilitated 20 Juvenile Victim Impact programs and 15 groups of prison inmates.

Education

ᵒ M.A. in Conflict Transformation, concentration in Restorative Justice (Eastern Mennonite University)
ᵒ B.A. in Education (Brighton University and Shepherd University)
ᵒ Certified Mediator for Juvenile and District Court.

Ingrid Manning  |  Director of Operations

Ingrid has two decades of non-profit and community organizing experience and has served in roles from administrative assistant to president in various Virginia based organizations. The common thread has been a driving impulse to affect positive change and find ways to help people (including herself) work smarter rather than just harder.  She is currently working towards certification as a mediator for the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. 

Education
B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University 

Vanessa Morales  |  Services Client Coordinator

Vanessa coordinates English-Spanish mediation cases from beginning to completion.  Vanessa started as an intern at FairField Center and went on to receive her Associate degree in human services. She is passionate about helping individuals in the community resolve problems.

Education
Associates Degree in Human Services from Blue Ridge Community College
Interpreter Training Certification ( Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) 

Sara Levinson  |  Director of Development and Innovation

Sara has worked for over 20 years with businesses, organizations, and communities to address the challenges of growth, expansion, and organizational restructuring. Tools used to achieve these goals include strategic planning, securing project funding, and negotiation and establishment of strategic alliances. Sara has experience working with non-profits, service organizations, tech firms, and manufacturing and distribution operations. In addition to involvement with FairField Center, she is a Business Advisor for the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center in Harrisonburg.

Education

ᵒ M.B.A., focus in Operations and Organizational Management (University of Western Ontario)
ᵒ B.A. in Economics (Concordia University)